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5 Recent Image Busting TV Performances That Will Trouble Your Mind

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | September 9, 2013 | Comments ()


Jesse Plemons — “Breaking Bad”: As fate would have it, I’m right in the middle of a “Friday Night Lights” rewatch. In fact, I’m just about finished with Season 4 in which Jesse Plemons as Landry “Lance” Clark achieves toxic-levels of cute. He’s all bashful and sweet and funny and, sure, he murdered that one dude with his car, but he’d probably never murder a kid. Probably. Enter Todd. He collects spiders in jars and cheerfully arranges mass murders. He may not be able to fire a gun with the same aplomb as his Nazi co-horts, but he’s plenty cold-blooded. Ever since “Friday Night Lights” ended two years ago I’ve been calling this kid “Landry.” As in, “aw that’s cute, Landry and Riggins are fighting aliens” or “hey, Landry does look like he could be Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son!” But that’s all done now. He’s not Landry anymore. He’s not even “f*cking Todd.” He’s Plemons, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

Taryn Manning — “Orange Is The New Black”: I mentioned a little ways back that Taryn Manning showed an impressive lack of vanity in portraying Pennsatucky. And that’s true. Ever since she burst on the scene in the early aughts, she has been sold to us as a lithe, lightly talented sexpot. But in the summer’s most enjoyable new show she took up the mantle of comedic villain with aplomb. That’s right, the depth of her zealotry was intensely scary but also unquestionably…funny. The girl’s got chops is what I’m saying. I’ll never think of her as eye candy again.

Marcia Gay Harden — “The Newsroom”: On the flip side, much as I’ve loved Marcia Gay Harden in the past, as much gravitas and brainy charm as she’s exhibited, I never thought of her as liquid sex. And I’m not sure she needed to tell us she was last night on “The Newsroom.” In fact, I think it would have been a whole lot better if she hadn’t. But suffice it to say that Aaron Sorkin’s patter absolutely works in her favor…as does that dress. They should keep her and ditch Maggie.

Linda Cardellini — “Mad Men”: SPOILERS FOR LAST SEASON. Wow, so, Don Draper banged the Freak right out of ol’ Lindsay Weir didn’t he? Leave it to the Hamm bone. I never let go of Lindsay. Not even after six seasons on “ER” or a dead-on Velma impression. But Sylvia Rosen? This is the first time I was really able to accept that the teenager is gone forever. Cardellini’s performance was mature and grounded in a way I’ve never seen from her. I’ll miss that Freak.

David Bradley — “Broadchurch”: You’ve probably been calling this distinguished actor “Filch” for a decade now. He certainly made quite the greasy-haired impression as the Hogwarts caretaker. More recently you may have taken to calling him something along the lines of “that bastard, Walder Frey” after his recent antics on “Game of Thrones.” Me too. Despite the fact that I know he’s a well-respected actor, despite that fact that I saw him on-stage with Michael Gambon in a (hideously boring) Pinter play, I still called him Finch and Frey alternatively. He was a dyed-in-the-wool villain type to me. But anyone who watched this week’s episode of “Broadchurch” knows that’s all over now. I think David Tennant in all his stubbly, pill-popping glory was meant to be the one to take us by surprise. He still may, who knows what other horrors this show has in store. But it’s Bradley with his heartbreaking pathos that has made the biggest impression on my so far. That man. I hope his seventies are his most prolific decade yet.

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  • Gillian Pilgrim

    Good lord, am I the only one who saw Miller's Crossing? Marcia Gay Harden has been in my top five lady crushes for almost 25 years.

  • Sars

    Did you ever watch Marcia Gay Harden on damages? she WAS* liquid sex. The garter scene with william hurt... the girl rocks.

  • Emm82

    David Bradley is great in anything he does & he frequently breaks my heart.

  • Greg!

    David Bradley plays creepy older weirdo? Not exactly image busting. I guess, with Broadchurch, we can add "misunderstood," but I found the casting to be lazy. That he was able to pull something more from that role is a credit to Bradley, but really it's just a variation on theme that we've seen from this guy for most of the decade. He is great though, Terriers great.

  • MePo

    I saw the exact same Pinter play...and I fell asleep during it! Whoops!

  • Joseph Finn

    I'm almost caught up with the first half of season 5 of Breaking Bad, and my god Plemons is impressing he. I have no idea if he's actually the toadie boot licker I think he is or something more malevolent and he's intriguing.

  • Jim

    Bradley really is amazing in Broadchurch as pretty much the rest of the cast. #MakeColmanADameDammit

  • BWeaves

    I've finally given up on Netflix ever getting my all time favorite movie back in stock --Local Hero -- so I finally broke down and ordered it.

    I just realized that Peter Riegert's Scottish sidekick, who've I've had a crush on since that movie, is none other than Peter Capaldi. Every freaking time I see Capaldi, I get a crush on him, and I didn't even know who he was, or that he was the same actor. Now I can't wait until he becomes the Doctor. I can not wait.

    My second crush was the tavern owner / town accountant, Denis Lawson, he of the eyebrows, who I just now realized was Red Two in Star Wars and Jarndyce in Bleak House.

    Now I can't wait to see who else I'll recognize that I didn't know at the time.

  • Abby

    I just bought Local Hero also. I would buy Comfort and Joy if I could but that doesn't even seem to be on DVD.

  • Uncle Mikey

    That movie fucking rules. Watched it on LSD with a couple of friends in 1984 and I've loved it ever since. I know what you're thinking - maybe the acid warped his sense of things. Not so. I've watched it five more times and liked it more and more.

  • PDamian

    Denis Lawson was so wonderfully, quietly attractive as Jarndyce. Bleak House was terrific, particularly Gillian Anderson and Charles Dance, but Lawson made that series.

  • Arran

    Lawson is also Ewan McGregor's uncle. Handsome runs in the family.

  • dorquemada

    Jesse Plemons = Meth Damon

  • stella

    Ummm... Landry bashed that guy with a pipe in the back of his head. Totally justified of course, but he didnt kill anyone with a car...

  • Bedewcrock

    Taryn Manning was also pretty awesome in Hustle & Flow.

  • Guest

    Linda Cardellini — “Mad Men”

    Also: Harry Hamlin.

    Never being a fan of H.H. my opinion has pretty much done a full 180 for J.C.

  • Allijo

    Landry? Who's Landry? I thought his name is Lance.

  • BWeaves

    I started recognizing David Bradley in all sorts of things after I first noticed him as Filch. He's been Henry VIII's fool and best friend in The Tudors, although he was really only in one episode. He was Robson Green's Dad in Reckless. He's been in Doctor Who, Hot Fuzz, and a ton of miniseries that aired on Masterpiece Theatre. And he was in my favorite Gene Wilder / Harrison Ford movie, The Frisco Kid. The older I get, the more I recognize him in older stuff. He has a very distinctive face and voice.

  • Nat

    I saw David Bradley for the first time in 1996 in the mini-series Our Friends in the North, in which he did such a heartbreaking turn as Eddie Wells. Looking back now, the series had such an amazing cast of relative unknowns (to most North Americans): Daniel Craig, Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong, and Gina McKee, as well as Game of Thrones veterans Peter Vaughan (Maester Aemon) and Donald Sumpter (Maester Luwin) and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

  • hippyherb

    He was also in an episode of Midsomer Murders.

  • Joseph Finn

    EVERYONE'S been in Midsomer. It's kind of hysterical that way.

  • Wigamer

    You just made me think of my Grandaddy...he loved The Frisco Kid, too. Thank you for that.

  • pajiba

    Oh sh*t. That's Filch?

    Now I'm doubly sad.

  • Fredo

    Went and saw "The World's End" this weekend and obviously Bradley had a small role there. And anytime he was on screen, I wanted to shout "you killed Robb Stark, you old bastard!"

  • TCH

    Marcia Gay Harden, Whoa!

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